Emerging Market Dynamics Within and Beyond Consumer Tribes

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Purpose: This study explores how the interplay between a passionate consumer and his embeddedness in the lively network of a consumer tribe represents a fertile environment for the emergence of an entrepreneurial venture that is able to combine micro- and macro-level concerns bridging tribe and marketplace needs. Design/methodology/approach: The research, set within the context of an exemplar consumer’s entrepreneurial project, was conducted following a netnographic methodological approach. Findings: By fluidly moving from within to outside the tribe in the wider marketplace, the entrepreneur crafts his own new space in the market through a cultural mediation work that effectively combines the affective, immaterial labor characterizing the social glue of the tribe collective ethos with entrepreneurial spirit and sharp marketing and consumer insight abilities. The entrepreneur acts as a resource integrator of traditional firm-driven and emerging consumer-driven marketplace without opposing existing market structures, but rather valorizing them through his intermediation work. Research limitations: This is a single-case study that, although exemplar, needs to be expanded and consolidated with further empirical evidence. Originality/value: The study contributes to extant literature on consumer-driven market emergence and new market system dynamics by uncovering the role of consumer entrepreneur as a reconfigurator of the existing market resources.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch in Consumer Behavior
EditorsCecilia Ruvalcaba, Alladi Venkatesh, Russell W. Belk Samantha N. N. Cross
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Consumer tribes
  • Consumer-driven market emergence
  • Digital environment
  • Market system dynamics
  • Productive consumption


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